Monthly Archives: December 2020

The Sinister Horror Company’s Advent Calendar

Justin Park of The Sinister Horror Company had tried to spread some Christmas cheer for horror fans with an advent calendar of microfiction. As it’s been a dire year, he’s running the calendar to the end of December. If you’ve met him you’ll know his devotion to the horror genre is absolute. 

The writers so far are Tracy Fahey, Lex H. Jones, Penny Jones, Chad A. Clark, Em Dehaney, Matt Boultby, James Jobling, C. L. Raven, Lily Childs, John McNee, Andrew Freudenberg, J. R. Park, David Watkins, Lydian Faust, Pippa Pilgrim, Matt Shaw, James Everington, Nick Stead, Marie O’Regan, J. L. George, K. M. Edwards, Benedict J. Jones, C.M. Franklyn, and Paul Kane.

Justin has posted two stories as it’s Christmas Day- mine and Jonathan Butcher’s. It was a bit of a challenge for me as I don’t normally write short short fiction.

My story is about Mari Lwyd.



The video is a look at this ancient folklore tradition and the people who keep it alive. Directed, Produced and Edited: Jordan M Paterson & Matt Adams

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Fantastic Fiction at KGB

Massive thanks to Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressell for inviting me to their virtual Fantastic Fiction at KGB.

It’s now on YouTube. I’d urge you to listen in as Justin C. Key is just brilliant. I’ve not read any of his work but I will be after last night. Read “The Perfection of Theresa Watkins” on

Justin was a hard act to follow. I read “Egg”, a story that first appeared in Paula Guran’s Once Upon A Time: New Fairy Tales and then All The Fabulous Beasts, my collection from Undertow Publications.

January’s guests are Lauren Beukes and Usman T. Malik


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Fantastic Fiction At KGB

Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly speculative-fiction reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month originally at the KGB Bar in New York City, and now on YouTube, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel.

Previous readers include Joyce Carol Oates, Joe Hill, Jeffrey Ford, Scott, Kelly Link, China Miéville, Nancy Kress, Paul Tremblay, Peter Straub, Catherynne Valente, Ellen Kushner, Jeff VanderMeer, Naomi Novik, Elizabeth Bear, and William Gibson, just to name a few.

I am excited and nervous to be appearing alongside Justin C. Key, December 16th, 7pm Eastern Time. This will be streamed live on YouTube.

Justin C. Key is a speculative fiction writer and psychiatrist. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons,, Escape Pod, and Crossed Genres. His novella, Spider King, will be released by Serial Box in early 2021.

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The Sinister Horror Company

Justin Park of The Sinister Horror Company has decided to bring some much needed joy to fans of dark fiction at the end of the year with an online advent calendar of Christmas themed microfiction. So far there’s been work by Tracy Fahey, Lex H. Jones, and Penny Jones and I’m sure there will be many more fine writers to come. Plus me. I’ll be in there somewhere.